Dimers released their debut album Fortune Cookies in April. The six-piece rock group from Ohio has been playing as a unit for two-and-a-half years, working to develop and refine the content of this release.
The band told us that each member has a different and distinct taste in music. For some groups, contrasting ideas could cause dissension. But Dimers seems to benefit from the diversity of inspiration, as this project is filled with nine colorful tracks that don’t seem to fit into the mold of any genre. And that isn’t a bad thing at all. But for now, let’s just call it rock, all right?
“Temporary Man,” is a bright track with some exuberant and honest lyricism. The indie rock guitar riffs complement vocalist Eric Belanger when he sings, “I wish that you were right and I wish that I was wrong / I wish I knew enough to make sense of anything at all,” which are lines that ring especially true to me.
Belanger delivers an impressive performance on every track, not carrying the band, but rather bringing the group’s diverse sounds together. His voice is smooth and confident, similar to that of James Taylor. He really holds his own on the jazzier tracks, “Friend Of Mine” and “AM.”
There are elements of jazz, folk, rock and even classical music that are strung throughout this entire album. I find it refreshing; refreshing because these are a group of musicians who clearly aren’t afraid to push any barriers of contemporary songwriting. They fuse together sounds from all different genres and time periods, formulating complex and meaningful tunes that might not be for the average pop music listener, but with an open mind, all of these songs can be appreciated in their own respects.
“World Inviting/Sunrise” is the most epic track on the album. It’s a melancholic ballad that really comes together in the end with the harmonizing of, “You’re not the only one who might miss the sunset when it’s gone, oh, you’re not the only one.” It’s simply the most beautiful track on the album.
While the band showcases an array of sounds and emotions on Fortune Cookies, there are moments where it seems like they are merely jamming rather than putting together tunes that anyone could enjoy. Average Joe listeners probably won’t like “Iguana” and “AM” as much as the other tracks because they are practically instrumentals that last too long, with one being seven minutes in length and the other being ten.
Regardless of the length of the songs, however, this band crafted an album with character and diversity.
It makes sense why the album is called Fortune Cookies. You don’t really know what you are going to get with the next song. No one song leads into the other. It isn’t the most fluid listening experience, but it certainly makes for an interesting time nonetheless. It should be fun to see what this dynamic group will conjure up next.
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